In 2003, Almighty Industries opened its doors as a small husband-and-wife business. Today, it’s the industry’s largest employer in western New South Wales, and is expanding every year, courtesy of its commitment to quality and an outstanding apprentice recruitment program.
Owners and founders Todd and Jenny Raffen have celebrated numerous prestigious business awards in their 14 years as truck body fabricators and specialists in custom truck fittings and solutions. They have expanded from a staff of one, to now employing 36 people. Located in Orange, Almighty Industries has a diverse client base that spans from small and medium businesses through to the state and federal governments, as well as major truck dealerships, such as Isuzu and Hino.
Their range of services is just as diverse. “We build tipping bodies, table tops, service bodies, tilt trays, and supply and install cranes, just to name a few things,” explains Todd, who uses Nason Industrial coatings. “I’ve been using Nason Industrial for years, because it’s easy to work with and the finish is great. We don’t have any comebacks for respraying either,” he said. It’s not just building ‘out of the box’ trucks that Almighty Industries excels at. An expert engineering and drafting team design custom vehicles or fittings to any clients’ specifications.
Over the years, Todd and Jenny have built their brand name using television and print media and stay relevant in today’s culture with a 1,000-strong following on Facebook. Their focus on quality services and brand development has won Todd and Jenny several Banjo Business Awards, including two ‘Business of the Year’ top honours. Last year, Todd was also a finalist in the Western NSW Regional Business Awards ‘Business Leader’ category.
Todd’s award-winning leadership extends to mentoring young people, adding two to three apprentices to his team each year through his own recruitment program. “I’ve been running it for a long time, and over the past eight years or so we have had close to ninety per cent retention rate,” says Todd, adding that his apprentices make great employees.
“They learn the culture of the business and our expectations, and where our quality standard is from the beginning,” he says. “That follows through when they become tradespeople, and that makes a great team.”
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